one killed, the other his alleged killer


A yr in the past, two males met by probability in San Francisco’s quiet Glen Park neighborhood — an encounter that inside minutes destroyed each of their lives.

It’s been a yr of anguish for numerous kinfolk and group members. And for San Francisco, a yr of failing to be taught the teachings of that Memorial Day morning.

At about 8:20 a.m., 94-year-old Leo Hainzl, took what could be his final stroll along with his canine, Rip, to Glen Canyon. He crossed paths with a person who’d slept on the streets of the neighborhood for years and had usually menaced passersby via a fog of psychological sickness. Police mentioned Peter Rocha, now 54, attacked Hainzl with a stick, inflicting him to fall, hit his head and die inside hours at a hospital.

A yr later, Rocha apparently stays in that fog.

He languishes at the moment in a County Jail cell, trapped in an all-too-common purgatory. A decide mentioned he’s too mentally sick to face trial, ordering him in December to a locked state psychiatric hospital for compelled remedy that might make him effectively sufficient to face a decide and jury.

However California’s psychiatric hospitals don’t have any accessible beds. And so Rocha waits behind bars, the place medicine is non-obligatory. Extremely, he’s on a ready listing of 1,523 individuals — all of them incarcerated and in the identical state of affairs.


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